I made this “emergency” quilt for a far-away internet friend going through a rough patch. I just wanted to let her know how much I really, really care, and the only way I felt I could express myself was by making her a quilt. It’s funny, looking back I can see that I was buzzing around the house, putting this together with the same sense of care and urgency I have when one of my girls is sick. At the time, I felt like if I could just manage to pick out all the right fabrics and put it all together just right, this quilt would have to make her feel better, at least a little bit.
I was really unsure about my fabric selection at first and tried a bunch of different layouts before settling on this one. I kept rearranging everything and taking pictures with my phone until it felt balanced and right. I knew I wanted white for the background, and although it’s almost impossible to tell from these pictures, the white I chose is actually a white on white dot, which I think really helped bring the quilt top to life.
I quilted it using my favorite “Paisley Allover” pattern with Magnifico (high-sheen) thread in “Elegante.” The quilt back is just a white flat sheet. I used a pink and white striped fabric from my stash for the binding. It wasn’t a quilting cotton, maybe a linen or a linen blend, which made the edges a little wavy after washing and drying. I didn’t mind it though. I think it added some texture and gave the quilt more of a sweet, homemade feeling. I used my walking foot to finish the binding, and I am proud to say it was my best machine bound quilt yet. I didn’t miss any of the binding on the back, didn’t run over any of the binding on the front, and my corners looked pretty darn good, too.
This was the first quilt I’ve ever labeled, and it was a really satisfying feeling, appliquéing that label onto the back. I don’t know, it just made me feel like it was really finished. And, I just realized, it’s comforting knowing that the quilt might be able to find its way back home if it ever got lost.
I was really nervous mailing this out. I’ve never actually met this far-away internet friend, so I was scared she wouldn’t like it, like maybe it wouldn’t suit her. I’m kind of shy about things I make I guess (apart from charity quilts for strangers, I’ve only made a quilt for one other person in my life) and I really put a lot of feeling into this. We’ve all received some handmade thing at one point or another and thought to ourselves “well, it’s the thought that counts…” You know what I mean. I’m always worried about causing that uncomfortable situation. She got it yesterday though and said she really likes it and that it made her week, which I was so, so glad to hear. The “emergency” quilt fulfilled its destiny.
PS – I inadvertently documented the making of this quilt from start to finish on Instagram, including a little video of the longarm quilting in action if you want to check it out. It starts with a picture of some fabric choices. Just scroll through my feed a little bit.